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crack slaw

I didn't know Crack Slaw was a thing but a quick Google search shows that clearly I'm out of the loop. It looks to be a staple of paleo, keto and low carb diets. Me? I'm just looking for ways to get more big flavors and veggies packed into my meals. Crack Slaw, so...

water tower gimlet

Call me old fashioned but I still like the feel of the pages of a book in my hands; still love turning the pages; still love random slips of paper tucked in as impromptu bookmarks.  But I have to admit, I haven't been reading as much the last few years. In fact, I'm...

chinese hot-and-sour mushroom soup

When I first met my Midwesterner husband, he considered black pepper to be hot, Mexican food was out of the question and spices, if used at all, were applied with a timid hand. Six years later it's a completely different story. Not only is he making his own hot sauces...

spiralized potatoes with fried rosemary

Is it breakfast? Or is it a side dish? My husband and I can't seem to agree. I think this recipe for Spiralized Potatoes with Fried Rosemary seems more like a dressed up hash browns. He thinks it would be the perfect accompaniment to something meaty. What we can agree...

strawberry fruit leather

Growing up my mom was the kind of mom that rationed the sugar. I studied the ingredient statements on boxes in the cereal aisle at the grocery store with serious determination as I was only allowed ones whose first ingredient was not sugar. This is harder than it...

smoked cream ice cream + candied bacon + pecans

This was originally posted on August 11, 2012 but I've updated it a bit and also added new photography. Enjoy! I have yet to find anything that isn't better with bacon. I'm not saying it's not out there but it's seeming doubtful. I tried testing the theory by making...

toast with lemon ricotta and fruit

Now this is my kind of late summer breakfast. You know the time of year – when all the markets are full of fuzzy peaches and dark purple plums. The kind of fruit that was picked ripe because it was grown locally. The kind of ripeness you can smell half an aisle away....

grilled green beans & peaches with mint

This blog was originally posted on July 24, 2013, but I updated it with a couple recipe tweaks as well as some new photography. Enjoy!  It's been a hot one in Boise this summer. Days upon days of triple digit heat and as much as I love to cook, that love is trumped by...

teff rosemary nut crackers

There's these really fancy crackers – I won't mention their name but they tempt me in the aisles of Whole Foods. The palette of jewel tones representing the different flavors. The nuts and seeds and dried fruits peeking at me through the cellophane window. Hanging...

watermelon with yogurt & fried rosemary

Every season has tastes that define it but none more so than summer. Red tomatoes and basil picked from the backyard; peaches so ripe that juice drips off my chin and fingers when I eat them; and nothing beats really cold, crisp watermelon on a hot day. I start buying...

teff porridge

I seem to be addicted to teff these days. It started with these Teff Energy Bars and now this Teff Porridge is easily my new favorite breakfast. And it's just this simple: I cook a pot on Sunday and divvy it up between four containers. In the morning I grab a package,...

chocolate protein powder pudding

I'm more than a little excited to be part of Bob's Red Mill ambassador program which means every now and then a care package arrives with something fun inside. Last time the box contained muesli and I made a rendition of my mom's jam bars. This time it's all about...

german chocolate cupcakes

I know, I know. The cupcake thing was so 2014 (2013? 2012?) but let me explain. My dad loves German chocolate cake. A few years back I posted the tried and true Betty Crocker recipe that my mom has always made but for a recent family get together, I thought I'd put a...

wine blending seminar

Blending wines has always been a bit of mystery to me. How do winemakers know what to combine to create the desired result? Is it an exact science? Is it based on what they have barrels of lying around that they need to move? Or is this where the talents of the...

creamy cilantro avocado dressing

Sometimes it practically takes an act of nature to get my busy girlfriends together. What will almost always do the trick though is when our friend Heather, who lived in Boise and then moved to Los Gatos, comes back for a visit. Schedules get rearranged. Evenings...

buffalo potato salad

If Buffalo wings are your style and you're looking for a little something different to take to that summer picnic, I've got ya covered on this one. I like Buffalo wings but I don't often eat them. Typically they are deep fried, not exactly health food, and can be...

teff energy bars

My activity level goes up exponentially with the longer days and warmer temperatures but I don't suppose that's so unusual. Besides my regular yoga practice, I take advantage of all the light-filled hours with road cycling, lots of gardening and riding my cruiser bike...

rhubarb-fennel gin cocktail

Given the choice of all the summer fruits – berries and apricots; watermelon and peaches – I can say that rhubarb wouldn't even be in my top ten. It's close to the top of the list for the Hubs though so I find myself with big plants in the garden that unfurl from the...